Udaipur, the white City of lakes.
Udaipur has a romantic atmosphere. Enjoy yourself next to the tranquil Lake Pichola, with the beautiful ridges stretching in all directions around Udaipur. Fantastic palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow streets add to the city's natural charms. For the visitor, there is the serenity of the lakes in contrast to the bustle and color of bazaars. the quaint old-world feel of its historic hotels, tempting shops and beautiful scenery make this city a pleasure to explore on foot.
This palace from 1553 is both the center and the highlight of Udaipur. This palace stands on a hill and offers a great view of Udaipur. But you will also be amazed inside the palace. What we found so beautiful here is that the palace has many rooms, each with its own style. There is even a Dutch room with Delft blue tiles. There are also very beautiful and green inner gardens, and various collections on display, such as a large silver collection.
The palace can be visited daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The palace is large, so plan at least 2 or 3 hours, especially given the crowds due to the peak period. Entrance costs 300 INR for adults, and 100 INR for children and students. Great that there is no difference in entrance between foreigners and Indians like in most other places in India.
If you want to visit a temple in Udaipur, the Jagsidh Temple is in our opinion the most impressive. This temple from 1651 consists of a main temple surrounded by 4 smaller temples. The main temple is almost 25 meters high and you will be amazed. The inside is completely dedicated to the resident gods, while the outside of the temple is completely covered with the most beautiful figurines and carvings. From elephants to a hunting woman, to the beautiful fountain on the outside.
The temple is free for everyone to visit daily from 4:15 am to 8:00 pm. Please note: the gods in the main temple take a nap in the afternoon, so the curtain is closed. Morning is best for a visit, then ritual dance and song are also regularly performed. Shoes off at the entrance, and a donation for the beautiful temple can be made in the donation box.
Interested in a miniature painting course? Then Udaipur is the perfect place for this. In Udaipur, there are many artisans who learned this art from their ancestors who were artists for the kings. So you have many shops here with excellent teachers who can teach you all the tricks of this. An amazing experience. Advice is to reserve at least 3 hours for this, you definitely need this time for a good result, good luck!
South of the palace are the Machla Magra Hills. This is the place where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset with an amazing view of the city of Udaipur. Halfway there is a platform, as well as at the very top. Easy to reach via stairs, but a cable car is also available. On top of the hills is also the Karni Mata temple for the interested.
Clock tower and bazaar:
The clock tower of Udaipur which was built in 1876 is located in the center of the old city. The winding alleyways surrounding the tower are lined with charming shops selling exotic goods, silver and gold products, and workshops of some of the region's finest coppersmiths. Clock Tower in Udaipur was the first public clock in the city and is an especially elegant sight at night when it is lit up.
A bit north of the clock tower a daily Spice Market is held. Every day from 07:00 am to 10:00 pm local people gather here to trade vegetables and herbs. Great to absorb the smell of the spices here, and to have a regular chat with the locals.
The Tibetan Market is located near the palace. This place specializes in clothing, you can choose from a huge number of stalls. Warm clothing such as winter coats and sweaters can also be purchased here, in contrast to the shops in the center. Adjacent are also some stalls with food and here you can visit a newly built "Sant museum".
Take a swim:
During your holiday you will of course want to explore all the beautiful places India has to offer, such as the hotspots above. But a day of relaxation is certainly part of it. Fortunately, Udaipur has some beautiful hotels with swimming pools where you can relax for a day. You can often also go here if you stay in another hotel. We went swimming for a day at Hotel Mahendra Prakash. Costs were 300 INR per day, we had a lovely large swimming pool with a beautiful quiet courtyard at our disposal, wonderful!